After ‘Mockingbird’, the May 18 episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’, it’s hard to tell which of the Stark children are actively in the most peril — but we have our guesses, especially after a shocking murder.
It’s just not Game of Thrones unless there’s a shocking death! The May 18 episode — “Mockingbird” — saw not only a grisly murder, but a champion for Tyrion, a more sympathetic side to The Hound, Jon Snow pouting some, Daenerys being a HBIC, and the continued buddy cop adventures of Brienne and Pod. Read on for our full recap and tell us which Stark life you fear for the most!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Gregor Clegane Will Be Cersei’s Champion
“Mockingbird” opens directly after the events of “The Laws Of Gods And Men,” and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is emphatically not pleased by Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) speech and demand for a trial by combat. “You could kill a king, lose a hand, f*** your own sister, you’ll always be the golden son,” Tyrion tells his brother, but Jaime warns him to be careful — he’s the only friend Tyrion’s got left.
Elsewhere in King’s Landing, Cersei (Lena Headey) is kicking Gregor Clegane’s (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) tires. After he slaughters several challengers, it seems Cersei has decided on the champion that will fight Tyrion’s. Yikes.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Arya Continues To Cheerfully Murder People
Meanwhile, Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) are, as ever, continuing their journey to The Vale when they fall upon a dying man with a giant stab wound through his stomach. “Why go on?” Arya asks him. “Habit,” the man answers. “Nothing could be worse than this.” “Maybe nothing is worse than this.” “Nothing isn’t better or worse than anything. Nothing is just nothing.” Arya has the same jaded attitude about death as a teenager who’s just discovered atheism — or, you know, one whose parents have been murdered. But seriously, it’s pretty revealing that this is what she thinks of death. It’s already been made pretty clear that she’s fairly apathetic about it — especially in service of justice — but this was something else entirely.
After giving the man a drink, Sandor stabs him dead and tells Arya, “That’s where the heart is. And that’s how you kill a man.” Suddenly, Sandor is ambushed by another man who claims that there’s a bounty on Sandor’s head. Arya recognizes him — because she forgets nothing — as one of Yoren’s Wall-bound prisoners, who told her he’d “f*** her bloody with a stick.” “He on your list?” Sandor asks her. “He can’t be. I don’t know his name.” He says his name is Rorge, Arya thanks him, and then she stabs him in the heart. “You’re learning,” Sandor tells her, approving. Good lord. You just can’t mess with this girl.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Jon Snow Remains Generally Displeased By His Surroundings
At the wall, the rangers, led by Jon Snow (Kit Harington), have returned. Jon tries to tell Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) that the gates won’t hold the giants back — he’s seen giants, and four-inch-thick rolled steel will do nothing to keep them back. Alliser is scornful, as he always is, and Samwell (John Bradley) has to hold Jon back from going over there and pouting at Alliser in his face, or whatever it is he was planning on.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Bronn And Tyrion Break Up
In Tyrion’s cell, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) pays him a visit. He’s wearing fancy new clothes and is going to be married to Lollys Stokeworth, whose older sister, Fallys, will be given the castle, but, “ladies fall from their horses and snap their pretty necks all the time.” “You and my sister deserve each other,” Tyrion tells him.
Bronn tries to give Tyrion a chance to pay him more than what the Lannisters are offering, but it’s no good. It’s a lot of hypotheticals — Tyrion is married to the heir of Winterfell, if he gets out, Bronn could acquire a large piece of land, etc. — and Bronn isn’t having any of it. He likes Tyrion, but he likes himself more. Tyrion can’t fault him for being the man that drew him to their friendship in the first place — they shake hands, and he’s gone, off to rat on Tyrion. It’s really quite bittersweet. Tyrion is the most goodhearted person in this universe, and his allies are dropping like flies.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Daenerys And Daario Do The Deed; Daenerys Softens, Albeit Slightly
Over in Meereen, Daario (Michiel Huisman) is putting the moves on Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). “Very well,” Daenerys tells him. “Do what you do best. Take off your clothes.” GURL, GET IT. He strips, and, three cheers for male objectification! Daario has a nice butt. I’m warming to new Daario already!
The next day, we learn that Daenerys has sent Daario and the rest of the Second Sons to take back Yunkai, and to slaughter every master they find. Jorah (Iain Glen) tries to tell her that answering their brutality with her own will only perpetuate the cycle — violence is all that the slaves know. By telling her that he would never be by her side if Ned Stark hadn’t shown Jorah the kind of mercy that Daenerys refuses to show to the slavers, she softens, telling him to catch Daario before he leaves and inform him that the slavers are to be given a choice — either live in her new world, or die in their old one.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Shireen Baratheon Is To Join Selyse And Melisandre At The Wall
In the place only slightly less creepy than The Eyrie, Dragonstone, Queen Selyse (Tara Fitzgerald) has walked in on Melisandre (Carice van Houten) taking a bath. GoT writers giveth, and GoT writers taketh away. Melisandre, nakedly, names various elixirs, one of which will “drive a man mad with lust,” and when Selyse asks if Melisandre used it with Stannis, she says no. Oh, Selyse.
Basically, the point of this scene is that Melisandre informs Selyse that they must go to The Wall and take little Shireen with them. Selyse is not keen, but Melisandre is like, the Lord of Light says it must be so, and then suddenly Selyse is on board.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Sandor Becomes Slightly Sympathetic — Must He?
Sandor still has a huge wound on his neck which is going to start to fester, and when Arya offers to cauterize it with fire, he leaps back. “You say your brother gave you that sword? My brother gave me this,” he tells her, gesturing to his disfigurement. As a child, Sandor was playing with one of Gregor’s toys, and so The Mountain pressed his brother’s face into fire.”The pain was bad. The smell was worse.”
He continued that the worst part of all of it was that it was his brother that did it to him. “You think you’re alone,” he finishes. It’s unspoken, but she’s not alone — there are people all over Westeros who, if not actively looking for her, are praying that there are still Stark children alive and well.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Brienne And Pod Are Great; They Learn Arya Is Alive
It’s the Brienne/Pod buddy cop adventure! They stop by an inn at which Hot Pie has been sold as a cook. Remember Hot Pie?! He was a prisoner of the Lannisters at Harrenhal with Arya. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) asks after Sansa, and Hot Pie gets super twitchy, saying that he heard the Starks are traitors and that they don’t take traitors.
Later, as Brienne and Pod (Daniel Portman) are getting ready to leave, he tries to caution her against being so open about her honorable quest — the Lannisters are not fond of the Starks, and it’s going to get them killed. Just then, Hot Pie sneaks out of the inn to tell them that Arya is alive and well — as far as he knows. Brienne turns to Pod like, “What were you saying?” These two! So fun. A spin-off for both of them!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Oberyn Volunteers As Tyrion’s Champion
Yet another visitor arrives for Tyrion in his cell — Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal). He tells Tyrion that the first time he ever met him was when Tyrion was a baby. He had heard from everyone that the new Lannister baby was a monster — clawed feet, a tail, one red eye, but, “That’s not a monster,’ I told Cersei. ‘That’s just a baby.’ And she said, ‘he killed my mother. … Everyone says he will die soon. I hope they are right. He should not have lived this long.”
Tyrion, tearfully, answers, “Sooner or later, Cersei always gets what she wants.” But Oberyn asks him, “What about what I want? Justice for my sister and her children?”
Oberyn announces to Tyrion that he will be his champion. After all, ever since he met Oberyn he’s made it quite clear that he wants nothing more than to see not just the Lannisters, but Gregor Clegane, dead.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Good Things Don’t Happen To Stark Children, Sansa
Over at The Eyrie, it’s snowing, and Sansa (Sophie Turner) is so tentatively overjoyed by the snowfall that it couldn’t be more obvious that whatever happens next is going to be straight up awful for her.
Sansa builds a snowcastle of Winterfell, and her cousin and husband-to-be, Robin (Lino Facioli), joins her. He is crazily expounding upon the virtues of the Moon Door, and how her castle sorely needs one, and flies into a rage when Sansa tells him he’s ruined her castle after knocking a tower over. He destroys the whole thing, and she slaps him in his still-breastfeeding face.
Suddenly, Petyr appears out of thin air to close-talk at Sansa.
“Why did you really kill Joffrey? Tell me why,” Sansa demands. “I loved your mother more than you could ever know. Given the opportunity, what do we do to those who hurt the ones we love?” He asks. She’s silent. “You’re more beautiful than [your mother] ever was,” Petyr tells her. Sweet talker!! “Lord Baelish…” “Call me Petyr,” he tells Sansa, before he kisses her. Won’t somebody cut Sansa a break?!
Obviously, Lysa (Katie Dickie) sees it all go down.
Later, Lysa summons Sansa threatens her, holding her over the Moon Door.
Petyr’s talent for materializing out of thin air comes in handy when he commands Lysa to let Sansa go, assures his wife that he’ll send Sansa away. Lysa breaks down in tears, and Petyr goes to comfort her, calling her his silly wife.
“I have only loved one woman. Only one, my entire life,” he tells her, as her face brightens. “Your sister,” he finishes, and then pushes her through the Moon Door to her death.
My only real concern here is how much worse/creepier Sansa’s life is about to get, if I’m honest.
What did you think of “Mockingbird,” HollywoodLifers? Doesn’t Daario have a great butt? What’s next for the Stark children? Which one is in the most danger right now? And will tiny Oberyn prevail over The Mountain? Vote above and comment below! And no book spoilers — I’ll smack you on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner